TROPICS: Hermine moves on but winds, rain remain

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(Last update: 5 p.m.)

It will be very muggy with scattered showers overnight as Hermine moves into South Carolina Friday evening.

Winds on the back-side will be south to southwest. Coastal flooding will continue to deminish as we have passed most of the high tides. Lows will in the mid to upper 70s tonight.

Saturday will begin with good rain chances as an onshore flow brings in more moist and unstable air. Expect scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms, mainly through the morning and along the coast.

Rain chances will gradually decrease through the day. It will be warm and humid with highs in the upper 80s. 

A drying pattern will take place into Saturday night as our winds gradually become light easterly. Sunday should start drier but by afternoon there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms along the sea breeze.

This rain chance will continue into Labor Day but mainly in the afternoon and evening.

We are back to a more typical pattern for early September later next week with just some afternoon rain chances. Highs will be close to or slightly warmer than normal.

(Photo: Hermine caused a number of downed trees throughout the region)

High tides, storm surge after Hermine

An onshore wind will continue to lead to flooding in parts of our area. High tide is around noon through 4 p.m. up and down our coast and in Tampa Bay. We continue to get pictures of significant storm surge flooding in Crystal River. View them here.

The highest storm surge was 9.9 feet at Cedar Key just before 2 a.m. Storm surge flooding was more than 6 feet in Citrus County and 2-4 feet in Tampa Bay. We will get more information on storm surge flooding for other areas later.

Our concern will turn to the river flooding that is expected during the coming days due to the tremendous amounts of rain this week.

Rainfall totals during the last 72 hours were impressive. We have a complete list here.

Wind gusts were from 45 to 72 mph from Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.

A few examples:

Indian Shores 72 mph
Beverly Hills   54 MPH   
Hernando County Airport  53 MPH   
Macdill Air Force  55 MPH  
Tampa Intl Airport   46 MPH   
Anna Maria  64 mph 
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport   54 MPH    
Saint Petersburg   64 MPH    
Kathleen   50 MPH    

The forecast is for improving conditions over the holiday weekend, mainly Sunday and Labor Day.

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September 2, 2016 |

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